Iris Karaman, Belgium 2018-01-09 11:58:09
I spent three incredible months at Portuguese Connection last year. I was a complete beginner when I started and left with a good level, having completed A1, A2, B1 and parts of B2. I can't stress enough how fantastic my teachers were. Many of them have a keen interest and postgraduate qualifications in linguistics and foreign languages (some of them speak over 6 languages!) which gives them a very deep understanding of the Portuguese language and the difficulties students face at different stages of learning. I spent most of my classes with a Finnish and a Japanese student (I'm a native French speaker), and it was very apparent that the teacher knew how to tailor their teaching to match each of our very distinctive needs.
I also really liked that we switches teachers each week, as each teacher emphasised different methods of learning. This ensured that we struck the right balance between different types of grammar, oral and conversational exercises.
I took the intensive course with private afternoon classes and would highly recommend this to anyone looking to learn the language quick. The private classes enabled me to really consolidate what I'd learned during the morning classes.
Alongside the quality of teaching, what makes this school truly special is the dynamic and friendly atmosphere created by the members of staff (and its four-legged resident, Maggie). Joanna, Marco and Annalisa are incredibly passionate about the school, and always went out of their way to ensure that everyone had a great experience of not just the school, but more broadly of Lisbon. Some of the best moments I had were during the weekly trips organised by Annalisa, in which we got to discover the city through the eyes of a local. Highlights included doing a Lisbon food tour of culinary staples discovering the many facets of Lisbon street art.
I also took art classes via the school, with a lovely artist called Paula. We practiced a variety of techniques and went to different museums and scenic spots to practice painting. I even got the chance to paint my own Azulejo, the characteristic blue tile found all over Lisbon.
To conclude, I can't recommend this school enough. I left with a solid base in Portuguese, a love of Lisbon and Portuguese culture and a longing to come back to the school as soon as possible.
Chanelle Barnes, South Africa 2018-01-08 13:27:17
I spent 2 weeks studying at Portuguese Connection, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff are so warm and welcoming and the quality of teaching is phenomenal. It was also so lovely to meet so many other students from different walks of life. I definitely felt that my Portuguese improved significantly over those two weeks. If you are interested in improving your language skills, discovering a new city, and meeting new people, I can wholeheartedly recommend Portuguese Connection!
Oliver Mendoza, Australia 2017-12-07 04:38:12
I chose to study at Portuguese Connection - for two weeks in November 2017 -mainly because of the extremely positive reviews I read online. I was not disappointed. The school is exactly as others have described - a very friendly place filled with approachable, enthusiastic teachers who do their very best to help you learn. The fact that it is centrally located, close to public transport and cultural attractions, is a bonus. I had a fantastic experience at Portuguese Connection, and highly recommend the school to others.
Bjorn Forsgren, Sweden 2017-11-22 03:47:12
This is the best school if you want to learn Portuguese! I have been to many language schools and speak now seven languages. No one of the others are half as good as Portuguese Connection. We spend 6 weeks in wonderful Lisbon and after this six weeks course I can already express myself and understand much better Portuguese. Our idea is to move to Lisbon and once we are there the first thing we will do is to register at Portuguese Connection. It is a young team of very dinamic, open and indeed very nice people. Everything works smoothfully and the qualifications of the teachers is exceptional. Don't hesitate, join them as soon as possible!
Alexander Kovalenko, USA 2017-11-21 12:06:33
I studied for a week with Portuguese Connection from November 13 to November 17. I had a great experience learning the language and interacting with both the teachers as well as the fellow students. I truly appreciate the school being able to accommodate me on such short notice and would recommend this school to anyone who is interested in learning Portuguese among a great group of people!
Basil Timpson, UK 2017-11-13 05:36:10
If you've are looking to study Portuguese in Lisbon then I highly recommend Portuguese Connection. The staff are incredibly friendly and really go out of their way to make you feel at home. They will speak to you only in Portuguese right from the very first day. The school also offers a variety of cultural tours to different parts of the city and surrounding areas. You can also do activities such as surfing at a discounted rate. The school is deservedly considered the best Portuguese school in Lisbon.
Maya Wertheim, Israel 2017-10-26 06:06:38
After studying at Portuguese Connection school for several weeks I am able to say that is is absolutely the right school to study at! The school is set in a great location, each one of the teachers at the school is amazing- so friendly and warm. The school is very flexible and accommodating to every request. The teaching method integrates different means of studying, especially ones that interest each student specifically (I learned using music, reading and talking amongst other more conventional methods, something tailored towards me and my interests and abilities). In conclusion- an amazing experience, somewhere I'll always be glad to return to!
Félix Morión Castilla, Spain 2017-10-04 15:21:43
If you ever think of learning Portuguese, this is definitely the best choice! They are excellent professionals very committed with the progress of their students, tracking the evolution of each of them and adapting the lessons to their needs. The groups are organized in small groups, which makes the learning process easier and faster. The atmosphere is just fantastic, you'll learn in a very friendly environment and will have the chance to participate in extra activities such city tours, visits to the surroundings of Lisbon and surf. I had no idea of Portuguese when I arrived and after a 3-week intensive course with them I'm currently fluent at Portuguese, in my opinion that just says it all. Therefore I strongly recommend this course not only because of the huge progress you'll experience, but also because you'll really enjoy it.
Gisela, Germany 2017-09-25 17:21:58
Ich wollte nach einer langen Lernpause meine Kenntnisse auffrischen und erweitern. Dies war mein erster Sprachkurs im Ausland (18.-22.09.17), inkl. Unterkunft bei einer Gastfamilie. Ich bin 65 Jahre und ich war mir nicht sicher, ob ich wirklich in eine Schule mit meist wesentlich jüngeren Mitschülern passe. Aber schon am ersten Tag war klar, das war überhaupt kein Problem. Die Lehrer sind sehr gut und stellen sich mit viel Geduld und Humor auf jeden Schüler perfekt ein. Die Atmosphäre ist insgesamt sehr freundlich, hilfsbereit und immer motivierend. Die Schule liegt super zentral und es werden nachmittags auch Ausflüge je nach Wunsch vermittelt. Ich kann diese Schule inkl. der perfekten Vermittlung durch Simone Reich von Language International in Berlin nur empfehlen. Meine Unterkunft in der Gastfamilie war ebenfalls perfekt. Insgesamt eine Erfahrung, die man unbedingt wiederholen sollte.
Valeria, Russia 2017-09-11 05:30:32
I spent two wonderful months (July and August 2017) in Portuguese Connection and i can't remember a single day, when i didn't want to go classes. I found the school by chance, as i was planning to go to Portugal this summer and i just asked myself «What don't i study portuguese?». Immediately after making this question to myself, i started searching for a course in internet and i found Portuguese Connection. After reading comments and reviews left by former students, i made up my mind: i was definitely going to this school. The staff was very friendly and helpful, every time i asked something about lessons or accomodation, so i was really looking forward for coming. And, my expectations were the right ones: the school turned out to be absolutely wondeful. I strongly believe that, when people work with so much dedication and love, you can easily feel it. And it was all about the school. The staff (Joana, Marco e Annalisa) are those people who care about each student who comes to the school, who try to do their best in order to provide everything you need (even if sometimes it doesn't refer to studying process) and make you feel at home. All teachers are very friendly and positive as well, each one has her/his own approach for teaching you, some of them are excellent at explaining grammar, some of them dedicate more time to talking, but all of them perfectly know how to teach and try to make the lessons interesting. And of course, i can't help mentioning a very special member of the team – a dog Maggie, who keeps an eye on students and creates a cosy home atmosfere with her presence. I also think that this school attracts very special people and that is one more reason to choose it, if you are searching for new friendships or just want to meet people from all over the world who can share your way of thinking. So, if after reading this review of mine, you are still in doubt, please, stop hesitating: you already found the place, where you will have an unforgettable experience.